Florida cop charged with DUI

first_imgWest Manchester Township Police Officer Adam Bruckhart, left, and York Area Regional Police Officer Mike Georgiou observe a driver suspected of being under the influence of alcohol as he performs a field sobriety test at a DUI checkpoint on the business loop of Interstate 83 Friday, April 23, 2010. The driver was later arrested on suspicion of DUI. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – KATE PENN A Juno Beach cop was arrested Wednesday after refusing a field sobriety test.The officer, Calvin McGriff, reportedly told deputies he was having health issues related to his diabetes.A police report said a witness called 911 as he followed a possible drunk driver swerving through lanes near Delray Beach.The driver was later identified as McGriff.Deputies said they smelled alcohol on his breath. McGriff told deputies he was having a diabetic attack. But as they waited for paramedics, McGriff called his wife and told her he was going to jail, officials said.He then refused a field sobriety test and was arrested.McGriff was released a couple of hours after his arrest.last_img read more

Venezuela rejects UN’s solution to border controversy

first_imgThe Government of Venezuela has rejected the decision made by the United Nations (UN), to refer the border controversy with Guyana to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).Venezuela being faithful to historical tradition“The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, faithful to its historical tradition and in accordance with the. Bolivarian Diplomacy of Peace, reiterates its firm disposition to defend the territorial integrity of our Homeland and maintain political negotiation based on the 1966 Geneva Accord, as the only way to reach a peaceful solution, practical and satisfactory for both parties and in favor of our Peoples,” the Venezuelan government said in a statement on Wednesday.Prefers Good Officer’s ProcessThe administration of President Nicolas Maduro says it prefers another shot at the Good Officers’ Process. “It’s worth asking the reasons that the International Court of Justice is recommended to two States that do not recognize their jurisdiction, since the Geneva Agreement itself provides for the political means for the settlement of the territorial dispute. In this sense, Venezuela ratifies in a decisive and unequivocal manner the negotiation process under these means” the Venezuelan Government said.uyana has always been pushing for the matter to be referred to the International Court and has welcomed the decision.President David Granger told reporters on Wednesday that Venezuela should also show maturity and accept the decision, pointing out that both sides had agreed to the terms of the talks at the UN Secretary level and allowing him to decide on the way forward.last_img read more

#Editorial: Garvey’s Words Are Particularly Relevant Today

first_imgLAUDERDALE LAKES, Florida – August 17, 2019, marked the 132nd anniversary of the birth of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jamaican National Hero, and global black liberator. However, it’s a real shame that despite Garvey’s remarkable influence on black history, many Caribbean people have very little knowledge of his significant contributions.It is important to note that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, who may be more familiar to some, were greatly influenced by Garvey’s philosophy in the 1930s and 40s, as he sought to motivate black people to claim their place in the world as a “mighty race.”Today, the prophetic words of Garvey seem more relevant than ever and maybe just the jolt Caribbean—and black people in general—need to reclaim our identity and seriously tackle the challenges they face.As Garvey profoundly puts it, “If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.”Confidence and AmbitionIn recent years, the confidence of the Caribbean migrant community seems to be fading, especially amid unfavorable policies in the USA and other countries they call home. Soon, immigrants who receive any kind of public assistance such as Medicaid, food stamps, and subsidized housing may forfeit their ability to become U.S. permanent residents or citizens. But instead of languishing in this impediment, we should heed the words of Marcus Garvey and seek the confidence to persevere against the odds.“A race that is solely dependent upon another for economic existence sooner or later dies. As we have in the past been living upon the mercies shown by others, and by the chances obtainable, and have suffered therefrom, so we will in the future suffer if an effort is not made now to adjust our own affairs.”If there was ever a time for Caribbean people to adjust our affairs it is now.In the Caribbean and the diaspora, personal and community ambition need to be reignited. Garvey called ambition “a burning flame…to want that which is worthwhile and strive for it. To go on without looking back, reaching to that which gives satisfaction.”It’s possible the myriad challenges Caribbean people are facing in the U.S. can be solved with the burning flame of ambition. Black people, Garvey said, “have a right to their own action; therefore…let no other race influence you against your own.”Unfortunately, since Dr. King’s death in 1968, the voice of the black race has struggled to be heard above the propaganda perpetrated for decades. But we must be careful not to be cowed by alternative views. Instead, we should write our own histories and tell our own stories, thereby controlling our own narratives.No Choice but to Get OrganizedThe challenges faced by the Caribbean- and African-Americans seem daunting, but the power to overcome lies within these communities. To succeed, organized unity is essential. In this context, Garvey’s words again bear relevance: “The thing to do is to get organized; keep separated and you will be exploited, you will be robbed, you will be killed. Get organized and you will compel the world to respect you.” He also said, “When all else fails to organize the people, then conditions will.”Currently, the political, social and economic conditions in the Caribbean and the diaspora require organized effort to overcome. But organization demands discipline and bravery—characteristics Garvey recognized when he said, “History teaches us no race, no people, no nation has ever been freed through cowardice, through cringing, through bowing and scraping, but all that has been achieved to the glory of mankind, to the glory and honor of races and nations was through the manly determination and effort of those who lead and those who are led.”Revisiting the words and teachings of Garvey is the source of tremendous motivation in these trying times. His words reaffirm that black people mustn’t give in to stagnation but strive for their rights wherever they reside.As society continues to meet out systemic inequities and continues its false narrative, every black man, woman and child should keep these words embedded in their consciousness: “The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.”last_img read more

Jamaica’s ISSA Boys and Girls Champs Cancelled

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – The 2020 Boys’ and Girls’ Championships in Kingston have been cancelled following a meeting with Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA), Ministry of Health and Wellness and Title sponsors, Grace Kennedy.The cancellation is a preventative measure as the government works to contain the VID-19, coronavirus which was confirmed on the island yesterday.The news also comes a day after the government issued a travel ban on schools to attend the Penn Relays in the United States of America. The annual Digicel Grand Prix Finale, which was scheduled for Saturday, March 14, has also been cancelled.Student-athletes that have been preparing since last year for CHAMPS will have to refocus for next year’s championships, or other sporting events later this year. CHAMPS is the largest school sports event in Jamaica, and often gives the opportunity for senior students to be scouted by coaches from International Universities.last_img read more

Sanchez “Will Stay And He Will Respect That” – Wenger

first_imgThe 28-year-old forward has expressed his quest for Champions League football, something Arsenal won’t provide next season, but Wenger has declared that he would no longer give audience to further questions about the Chilean.“It is not information anymore, it is suicide,”“He will be here for this season and if we manage to do it for more seasons, we will do it as well.” the Frecnman concluded.Related Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has reiterated his stance about Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal future, insisting the Chilean “will respect” his decision and stay at the Emirates.Sanchez, who heads into the final year of his existing Arsenal contract, returned to training on Tuesday after his extended break despite being reportedly linked to Manchester City all summer.Speaking at a press conference ahead of Arsenal’s Community Shield game against Chelsea on Sunday, Wenger said: “The only thing I can tell you is he is focused,”“My decision is clear, he will stay and he will respect that.”last_img read more

bettingexpert seeks ‘Awesome’ start in Tipster Challenge finale

first_imgRankTipsterRace WinsPoints Jessica Bridge from Ladbrokes has signed up to become the last Tipster Challenge guest and the final obstacle to repeat success for OneBet’s Sarah Shannon.Part of the PR team at Ladbrokes, Bridge has made live or recorded broadcasts across every major UK television and radio platform, including BBC News, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News, Sky Sports News, CNN, CNBC, BBC Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT.She will be hoping that Kaaba Stone gives her a winning start as ‘Nap of the Day’, while bettingexpert’s Stephen Harris has predicted an ‘Awesome’ opening to the day’s seven-race card at Chepstow.____________________________________2:10bettingexpert: Awesome (Nap of the Day)Has shaped well on her last two starts and can take advantage of a drop in class.Ladbrokes: Kaaba Stone (Nap of the Day)Expensive breeze up purchase was very green on debut but shaped with distinct promise by the finish. Looks sure to improve off that effort and go close in what looks a winnable race.____________________________________2:40bettingexpert: WaqtMakes his handicap debut from a fair mark and his stable enjoyed a welcome winner yesterday.Ladbrokes: HedgingLost his way a bit late last year having looked promising early. Got back on track in a C&D handicap on his latest start so feels very solid today under almost identical conditions.____________________________________3:10bettingexpert: KatheefaThe clear form choice and is confidently expected to see off his only two serious rivals.Ladbrokes: MajboorThis effectively looks like a match between Majboor and Katheefa. Majboor has shaped well in two good maidens at Salisbury and basically looks a better horse than his market rival so is a strong fancy.____________________________________3:40bettingexpert: RedgraveHas been progressing well until finishing seventh last time and is taken to bounce back to his best here.Ladbrokes: ZymyranImpressive when two back at Newmarket and again shaped well in a hot race at York’s Ebor meeting on his latest start. This looks slightly easier so looks a decent bet on ground that will suit.____________________________________4:10bettingexpert: Bonjour SteveA very smooth traveller (with a quirk or two off the bridle) who has been hinting that his turn was near in recent runs.Ladbrokes: John JoinerNot the sexiest race we’ve ever seen if truth be told, but John Joiner has shown improvement on last two starts, going close, so fancy him to do the business today.____________________________________4:40bettingexpert: AngelicalGets weight all round in a weak race and comes from a small yard in excellent form.Ladbrokes: Priors BrookHas C&D form and looks slightly better handicapped than the jolly Seven Clans.____________________________________5:10bettingexpert: HelfCapable of improving after just five career runs and has the assistance of a very talented claimer.Ladbrokes: MeyandiAnother Balding running fancied, just denied on his handicap debut but I’m keeping the faith to go well today.____________________________________ GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share Submit Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 1Sarah Shannon – OneBet210.38 2Edward Rycroft – LeoVegas37.80 3Harry Lang – Pinnacle47.00 4Stephen Harris – bettingexpert1.506.99 5Alexman – OLBG25.10 6Tim Reynolds – Sun Bets25.00 7Ian Marmion – BetStars15.00 8Steven Mullington – 888sport24.57 9Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air24.50 10Conall McSorley – Metric Gaming14.00 11Michael Robinson – Betsafe13.50 12Conor White – BetBright13.33 13Charlie McCann – BetVictor12.25 14Alex Donohue – ODDSbible12.00 15Rupert Adams – William Hill10.50 16Steve Munns – Grosvenor Sport00.00last_img read more

Sisal Matchpoint ups digital marketing dynamics with Betgenius

first_img Submit Share Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Matt Stephenson – BetgeniusItalian betting firm Gruppo SISAL has selected industry data and software provider Betgenius as the lead marketing programmatic partner for its flagship Matchpoint Italia subsidiary.The marketing partnership will see Betgenius data and insights technologies enhance Matchpoint digital acquisition campaigns, optimising player targeting, messaging and promotions.Moving forward, the Matchpoint brand will integrate Betgenius’ industry-specific programmatic media trading desk, which will allow the bookmaker to serve better dynamic inventory, driving player conversions through targeted ‘most-relevant’ messaging.Updating stakeholders, Marco Tiso, Director Online Gaming Business Unit at Sisal, said: “In the ultra-competitive Italian sports betting market, it is vital to acquire and retain customers strategically. By partnering with Betgenius we can be sure of targeting the right customers, with the right message, at the right time.”Utilising its data capabilities, Betgenius has developed a programmatic trading desk developed solely for industry betting and iGaming operators.Enhancing partner marketing dynamics the trading desk’s advertising is driven by real-time sports data, allowing clients to display engaging content such as live odds and scores within dynamic creative formats.A pleased Matt Stephenson, Managing Director at Betgenius, said: “As experts in helping sportsbook and casino brands deliver creative, effective campaigns that build meaningful connections with their customers, we are excited to see the results of our partnership with Sisal.” Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020last_img read more

Mr Green’s Jesper Kärrbrink: Analysing responsible gaming

first_img Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Related Articles Share SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Responsible gaming is very much a hot topic, and at the heart of many an organisation worldwide.Jesper KärrbrinkOne such example is Mr Green, whose ‘green gaming’ applications resulted in a triumph at the recent SBC Awards.An achievement the firms CEO Jesper Kärrbrink addressed by saying: “Looking at our efforts in this area we are of course thrilled and very proud to be awarded the title SBC Social Responsible Bookmaker of the Year 2017 and can honestly say we have worked hard to get to this point.”To gain a clear idea of what sparked such efforts within the responsible gambling arena, Kärrbrink details that you first have to trace steps back approximately one year.A message from the board contained a very clear distinct mission statement of ‘Make sure our customers have control over their gambling. Make sure we understand and do the right thing.’Upon assuming the challenge three key areas were quickly highlighted, why, to offer a more entertaining and responsible experience, how, to help understand customers and what, building tools to encourage low risk behaviour.Elaborating on his firm’s efforts within this area, Kärrbrink stated: “Green Gaming was born, this new infrastructure is a technical platform that delivers knowledge to all parts of the company, from company management to marketing and customer support.“We want to gain longevity from our customers, we want them to put on their seat belt and set their own cruise control. Today, we are working on analyzing customer data and combining it with the players own perception of their gaming based on risk, intensity, change and volume. Our customers now have the opportunity to understand their individual level of risk in order to keep it under control. Adding: “New knowledge creates new needs. It quickly became clear that Green Gaming must be part of the entire business chain, not just a stand-alone security app or self test. The knowledge we collect about our players is the basis for how and to who we send sales communication, develop new features and games, define content within their individual customer journey as well as create the player’s individual risk level dashboard including recommendations for a low risk gaming behaviour. “It was early clear everyone working at Mr Green needed to be onboard and trained within Green Gaming in order to deliver on the full potential of the insights gained. The training program is built in collaboration with the same company behind the GG predictive tool algorithm, Sustainable Interaction, who are industry leading in delivering responsible gaming tools for the past 20 years.“Understanding a customer in several dimensions rather than just the financial is not new. A few have tried, others have taken the first steps. But few gaming companies, if anything, are as deeply integrating the knowledge into business decisions. We look forward to continuing our investments and and development within Green Gaming and sharing our learnings of how to best support low risk behaviour with the industry. The ambition is for Mr Green to be the brand you associate with Green Gaming.”It isn’t just with the development of tools that Mr Green seeks to further enhance its responsible gaming efforts, with several aspects of assistance also on offer.Additional training for staff is one such example, whilst specialised support staff to deal with responsible and problem gambling cases are also available.In addition, a microsite detailing appropriate information and support organisations tailored for each country ensures that players in need can get the right help.Speaking of the Mr Green advancement of research into gambling, Kärrbrink finalised: “In the creation of our Green Gaming Analytical tool, we looked for experts in the field of responsible gaming, problem gambling and predictive modelling to ensure that we built not only a best in class product but also one which would break new boundaries.“Mr Green’s Tournament feature – Reel Thrill – has been tested and certified by Dr Richard Wood of GamRes Limited using Gamgard 3.0, a tool designed to aid responsible game design.We have initiated the aid of Richard Wood to help us in determining the success metrics for our Green Gaming Analytical Tool.”Mr Green collected the Socially Responsible Bookmaker of the Year award at the SBC Awards 2017, held at the HAC Artillery Garden in London. Kärrbrink was on hand to collect the award, and spoke to SBC in the video below.Jesper Kärrbrink is set to be a panellist at SBC’s Betting on Football conference, held at Stamford Bridge, home of reigning Premier League Champions Chelsea FC, from March 20-23. On day one, Wednesday 21 March, he is set to discuss Scandinavia in a panel entitled ‘Survival of the Fittest,’ which is set to feature in the Harris Suite from 12.05-12.50. For more information click HERE. Submit Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020last_img read more

OPTIMA’s Jacob Lopez: Facilitating the immediacy and convenience of mobile betting

first_imgShare Fonbet builds betting experience through ‘Alice’ voice assistant July 7, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Kim Mouridsen: Combatting problem gambling with automated player profiling July 3, 2020 Spelinspektionen reminds operators of AML responsibilities July 2, 2020 Optima CEO Jacob Lopez said that the rise of mobile betting has played a major role in the development of its MGS platform, which is now utilised by partners worldwide.OptimaMGS™ is a turn-key high performance gaming platform which allows operators to serve its customers through multiple engagement channels under a single system, using both integrated OPTIMA products as well as hundreds of third-party fully integrated products managed from a central point.We caught up with Lopez to discuss the influence of mobile betting, the speed of its in-play product, the importance of CRM and marketing tools such as promotion processing, and a growing data-dependence ahead of this summer’s World Cup.SBC: As mobile becomes a more popular destination for bettors, how important is the multi-channel flexibility of OptimaMGS™?JL: Undoubtedly, mobile betting has taken a big role in recent years thanks to the immediacy and convenience that allow the bettor to place their bet anytime, anywhere, while watching a match or doing use of social networks.MGS is a real multichannel suite; all features can be offered across any channel, mobile, desktop, retail, call centre, offering a consistent product full of possibilities.The full-flexibility and dynamics of our system allows each of our customers and partners to decide how to shape the business, whilst OPTIMA shapes the platform based on the unique requirements of the operator. The system is fully configurable by the operator itself, who has access to all parts of the system, however, with the 24×7 support and availability of OPTIMA support teams for any questions or items that would require clarification or action by OPTIMA.How much does the speed of its in-play product set MGS apart from the competition? JL: We can offer a level of performance in real-time that no other in the market could achieve. Facts are clear, OptimaMGS™ processes all transactions immediately with a baseline of tens of thousands of operations per second in peak time using a medium size infrastructure that can quickly and flexibly scale out to service the demands of the operators.An actual production up time of 99.99%, whilst offering up to 300 live events simultaneously, with just milliseconds processing time from the feed suppliers all the way through the hands of the customer; basically, zero delay, each of them with hundreds of markets and selections constantly created and settled, updating pricing and statuses as well as rich stadium or venue data. These service levels, together with amount of content processing and the ability of accepting tens of thousands of bets per second with full real time automated hybrid Human-AI led risk management active in the system, is a strong reason why our partners and customers see a huge revenue increase when switching or setting up or platform.Promotions need to be regularly updated to stand out; can you tell us more about why real-time promotion processing is an important factor for MGS? And will you help operators to stay compliant with incoming CAP standards?JL: Promotions are an important CRM and marketing tool for our partners, that is why we have designed a specific Promotion Management module which allows operators to use the ready-to-launch existing real time promotions such as registration bonuses, deposit bonuses, money back, and other best-in market promotions, but also allows the operator to create that trigger based on user activity and activity trends, such as churn prevention or activation campaigns, across all channels and verticals, for OPTIMA and third party integrated products.All these features and more such as embedded anti-bonus-abuse strategies and product features, unlimited segmentation parameters and the use of Machine Learning and AI algorithms, make the OptimaMGS™ platform promotion system one of the most powerful ones, not only for the gaming industry, but in general.Regarding the incoming CAP standards, at OPTIMA we strive to support our partners to accomplish the different standards in the market. How do the OPTIMA API and third-party payment systems ensure risk mitigation to protect operators from social responsibility failures and AML penalties? JL: OptimaMGS™ permits the definitions of automated flows that allows the operators to keep the risks and the AML policies under control. Furthermore, the latest changes regarding promotions mechanics which were applied recently to some markets, are fully met by the OptimaMGS™ promotion system to ensure customers don’t abuse promotions.This summer’s World Cup is likely to be the most data dependent World Cup in history; how has OPTIMAMGS evolved to keep up with the increased levels of data?JL:  At OPTIMA, we love competition, and an event of this calibre could not be having more attention from our side regarding data management and capacity. OptimaMGS™ platform is well known for its stability, capacity and performance, bundled with our Advance Analytics and Business Intelligence systems, which are the base to machine learning and AI led customer segmentation and processing. This all makes OptimaMGS™ the perfect platform to support all-time operators’ requirements, including special events such as the football World Cup.last_img read more

Betsson hires Peter Zäll as Chief Strategy Officer with Swedish focus

first_img Submit Related Articles Share Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Peter Zäll – Betsson ABStockholm-listed online gambling group Betsson AB continues its executive management team restructure confirming the appointment of Peter Zäll as new Chief Strategy Officer (CSO).Zäll joins Betsson’s executive team from Swedish state-owned gambling operator Svenska Spel, where he served as Group VP of Product & Marketing (2012-2017).Updating the media, Betsson governance confirmed that Zäll’s appointment would initially prioritise the firm’s strategy for the upcoming opening of a regulated Swedish online gambling marketplace in 2019.Jesper Svensson, CEO Betsson AB Operations, detailed that the operator had found the best candidate in Zäll, with knowledge and experience in Swedish verticals, marketing and stakeholder management.“I am delighted that Peter has decided to be part of the Betsson team as Chief Strategy Officer, his experience and personality fit the team perfectly. Also, as Betsson Group is gearing up for the opening of the Swedish gambling market there should be no better person to develop our position in the Swedish market,”  Svensson commented on the appointment.Zäll is expected to join Betsson leadership this May and will be based out of Betsson’s operational headquarters in Malta.“I am excited to join Betsson at these interesting times. I see many opportunities in the brand portfolio and look forward to working with the team to refine the strategy for the future” Zäll commented on his appointment as Betsson CSO.last_img read more